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Celebrate Your Name Week

The first full week in March is Celebrate Your Name Week!

  • Sunday – Namesake Day
  • Monday – Fun Facts About Names Day
  • Tuesday – Unique Names Day
  • Wednesday – Discover What Your Name Means Day
  • Thursday – Nametag Day
  • Friday – Middle Name Pride Day
  • Saturday – Decendants Day

Below are some wonderful free resources for learning about names and some activity ideas for added fun.

Celebrating Names Activity Guide and Resources

Find Meaning of Names 

Name Origins, Crest, and History (also related ‘for sale’ products)

Word Art Creator 

Name Art Project

How to Say, “My name is” in 475 Languages

What’s In a Name Game from Funschooling and Recreational Learning

Write a Name Poem

Sticky Note Guessing Name Game

“The Name Game” from the 1965 Hit Song by Shirley Ellis at Youtube

“The Name Game” Lyrics and Music for Karaoke at Youtube

12 Names of Jesus Printable Cards from The Purposeful Mom

Names of Jesus Copywork  Printables from Bible Based Homeschooling

Names of Large Numbers Chart   (because we need a math lesson this week too!)

I hope you’ll enjoy Celebrating your family’s names!

Betty (A diminutive of Elizabeth, meaning My God is plentiful)  Jo (A diminutive of Josephine meaning May Jehovah add. Also diminutive of Joanne meaning God is gracious.)

 

 

 

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Fall Festival and Party Games

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Tonight is our local homeschool group’s family night and the theme is “Fall Fest”!  Our families are encouraged to bring a DIY carnival type game.  Complicated construction or expensive materials are just not necessary for great games!  Recyclables and dollar store materials combined with a little creativity is all it takes for fantastic festival fun!

I found lots online resources as I looked around for some ideas, and I’m passing the best ones on to you for your fall parties or just some seasonal play activities for you to make with your children.

Wonderful collection of activities and games! Pumpkin Golf,  Can Game, Pumpkin Bowling, and Candy Corn Toss are just a few of the easy to make and easy to set up game ideas  offered here  http://spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/blog/party-games/21-halloween-party-games-and-activities

We decided to take this Spider Launch game to the party.  There’s other awesome ideas from this assortment of  25+ Simple Carnival Games   http://frugalfun4boys.com/2015/10/07/carnival-games-kids/

Z’s working on a variation to this Marble Maze STEM activity.  It’s going be a fun challenge to make and play!  We’ll be substituting the marble with a gum ball and using orange and black loops and licorice track to  transform it into a “fall” theme  http://buggyandbuddy.com/paper-plate-marble-maze/

This Paper Plate Pumpkin memory game is super easy to make and set up.  You could attach it to a poster board to hang on the wall if floor space is an issue  Scroll down a little because there’s also a link that takes you to 10 more Simple Halloween Games  http://www.pleasantestthing.com/pumpkin-memory-game

Substitute fall colors and themes with these fun and easy to make DIY Carnival Games that are sure to entertain and challenge  little kids, teens, and grown ups  http://www.mamaslikeme.com/2013/02/diy-carnival-party-games.html

Adorable and fun Fall Carnival Games  to make if you have the time and materials  http://sophie-world.com/blog/six-fall-carnival-games

This Ring Toss Game using a pumpkin and glow sticks is the perfect solution for a last minute, super simple activity.  I’ve seen some interesting gourds at the grocery store that will work marvelously for this idea, too.  If time allows, carving or painting would add a little extra decoration, but certainly not required!

0bc48daeecd772a0fdf3c5898fe020f4Do you have a favorite DIY Fall Festival game?  Please share it!  It would be great to add your ideas to these!

betty jo

 

Free Learning Resources for the Olympic Games

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Our first Special Days unit study of the new school year will be based on the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.  I’ve been lesson planning and collecting resources.  And, I’ve found some fantastic free online learning resources to share with you!

Homepage for the Rio 2016 Olympics!  https://www.rio2016.com/en

Olympic Sports Schedule  http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2016/08/01/rio-olympic-schedules-every-sport/

Meet mascots Vinicius and Tom and learn what they are and who and what they represent  https://mic.com/articles/150180/who-are-the-rio-2016-olympics-mascots-what-to-know-about-vinicius-and-tom#.Td7dxiHhF

Free Summer Olympic Lapbook Printables  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/blog/2016/06/olympics-unit-study-lapbook/

Brazil facts, interactive, and printables  http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-brazil/

Great selection of Oylmpic and Brazil free printables for all subjects and levels (you’ll need an account and it’s free to set up and won’t take long)   https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Price-Range/Free/Search:summer+olympics

4 Olympic Bible verses and homeschooling ideas  http://whatsinthebible.com/the-2014-olympic-games-four-bible-verses-plus-four-homeschooling-ideas/

Olympic Maps!  Maps and information of participating countries, Brazil, Reno, the torch relay, venues, history, events, and more  http://www.mapsofworld.com/search_result.html?cx=partner-pub-0641096029648877%3A5rb90cypfn0&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=2016+summer+olympics&siteurl=www.mapsofworld.com%2F&sa=Search

Olympic Current Event Articles for kids  http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/searchresults.htm?cx=partner-pub-8444815193000008%3A4cxkf2wk1zr&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=2016+summer+olympics&sa=Search

Olympic Atheletes’ faith based current event articles for families  http://christianexaminer.com/search

Olympic Vocabulary List with interactive and printable puzzles  https://myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/olympic-sports-vocabulary/

“Lighting the Olympic Torch”, “Swimsuits – What A Drag”,  “Which Olympic Sport…”  math lessons adaptable for any level.  I use this site often and anticipate other Olympic math lessons to be released throughout the next few days  http://www.yummymath.com/

Olympics history and trivia interactive quizzes  http://www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/sports/olympic_games/olympics_history.html

Watch videos that teach about the elements gold and silver  http://periodicvideos.com/

“Mr. Science” with Hooked on Science and a kid scientist explain how your big toe can determine your athletic potential.  http://www.hookedonscience.org/

Play Olympic Interactive Games  http://www.primarygames.com/socstudies/olympics/games.htm

“How to Be a Good Sport” article and tips for kids  with audio and printing options   http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/good-sport.html?WT.ac=p-ra#

“What If I Don’t Like Sports?”  article and tips for kids  with audio and printing options  http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/no-sports.html?WT.ac=k-ra

List of “Sports  Injuries” and athlete health articles with audio and printing options  http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/?search=y&getfields=subject.description&q=sports+injuries&site=kh&client=ms_k_en&output=xml_no_dtd&gsaRequestId=7457070404200936186&filter=0

Learn to speak Portuguese (the official language in Brazil) with flash cards and games. Lots of other Brazil  .http://www.learn-portuguese-now.com/

Portuguese language printable worksheets and quizzes  http://www.enchantedlearning.com/search/?page=1&query=learn+to+speak+portuguese

Lots of Olympic activities, printables, and craft ideas  http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/olympic-games

Brazil and Olympic themed crafts and activities.  I love the coloring page of Rio!  http://www.activitybucket.com/archives/7531

BIG list of Olympic arts and crafts  http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/olympicscraftsideasactivitieskids.html

Fun and easy DIY backyard Olympic Games  ( Javelin Throw, Balance Beam, Discus Throw, Bean Bag Toss and Water Bucket Relay)  http://hoosierhomemade.com/backyard-olympic-games/

Party, food, and activity ideas  http://www.blessedlearners.com/olympic-games-at-family-fun-friday/

Let the Games Begin!  (August 5, 2016)

betty jo

 

 

 

Peanuts

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October 2 marks the anniversary of the very first publication of Peanuts (1950)!  This is one of the October “special days” the kids were interested in.  Yeah, I’m interested, too.  I grew up on Peanuts.   Below are some resource links to follow as we learn and have fun with Peanuts.  

See the first Peanuts Comic!   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:First_Peanuts_comic.png

Peanuts History Article   http://content.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,2022745,00.html

Charles Schultz biography and printables  http://makingartfun.com/htm/f-maf-art-library/charles-m-schultz-biography.htm

Faith Based Video https://www.museumofthebible.org/book/minutes/147

Read Peanuts comic strips free online  http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts

Character Profiles   https://www.peanuts.com/characters/

Step by step instructions for how to draw Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and other Peanuts characters  http://www.dragoart.com/tags/tuts/1/2945/how-to-draw-charlie-brown-characters.htm

Blank Comic Strip Printables for making our own comics  http://www.printablepaper.net/category/comics

The Peanuts  theme song   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQybajU2GNk

Theme Song Piano Lesson   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh5C1F1QNAg

Theme Song Piano Tutorial   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tidspc7AYkE&t=24s

Easy Theme Song Piano Tutorial for Beginners   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8ASSPA8OLE

Peanuts Quiz (easy)-

What’s Your “Peanuts” IQ?

Peanuts Quiz (difficult) –

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/arts/artwork/peanuts-quiz9.htm

And in case you’re wondering, I am going to give this study credit for literature (winks), art, music, history, and creative writing.  We may get a PE credit too  –  football kicking and baseball pitching seem to go along with the whole Peanuts theme.

Good Grief!

betty jo

It’s Unanimous For Strawberries!

At the beginning of each month I go through the special days listing, and check off what I think we should add to our studies.   I also give the list to the kids and they check off the topics that interest them. (https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/04/29/special-days-in-may/).  Rarely does a monthly theme interest all of us, but the May food theme,  STRAWBERRIES,  was unanimous!

This close to the end of our school year, I really won’t have the time to develop our own strawberry study, but can not just ignore the fact that we all want to explore this favorite food.  This is where my friend, Fran, comes in!   (http://www.franw.com/)  She has developed and published an e-book appropriately named Strawberry Craze. 

Strawberry+Craze+Cover+SampleStrawberry Craze is a 91 page study and activity guide.  Fran has graciously given me a copy and I’m so excited!  It is covers subjects across the curriculum and has something for all ages.    She gives the instructions for crafts, gardening, and science experiments.  She has included a list of questions for research projects and little known facts and trivia.  Strawberry Craze has math, health, and language connections, too.  And recipes!  Not just a couple of yummy desserts to try, but recipes for lip gloss, scratch-n-sniff stickers,  shampoo, and play clay,  just to name a few.

Strawberries have been added to the top of my weekend shopping list!  And will probably be repeated on every grocery list in between now and when we are able to pick our own from our garden.

Now is the right time to pick up a copy of the e-book for yourself.  It’s being offered for only $2!  To find out more and take a peek at some sample pages click here  http://www.franw.com/2013/09/strawberry-craze-ebook.html

Oh, by the way, Fran gave me Strawberry Craze just because she’s my friend.  The e-book gift was not given to me for the purpose of this review.  The review and recommendation is completely of my own doing.

betty jo